Everton add new hire to support to Bramley-Moore Dock project

Monday, 13 August, 2018 53comments  |  Jump to last
Construction industry specialist, Colin Chong, has been appointed as a Stadium Development Director to help push forward Everton's plans for a new dockside stadium.

According to the announcement on evertonfc.com, Chong has 35 years of experience in the development sector and played a role at senior level in projects at Manchester United's Old Trafford ground, the Manchester Commonwealth Games stadium, Wigan Athletic's DW Stadium.

He also delivered the build of the Park End Stand at Goodison Park in 1994.

Chong's hire represents another step forward the Blues' project, the funding details of which have yet to be confirmed along with the final capacity.

“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to play a key role in the delivery of what will be a great project, not only for Everton Football Club but also for the City of Liverpool,” Chong said.

“The Club has already done a huge amount of work to get us to our current position, spending millions of pounds to make sure that any scheme we develop is right for the Club and our fans, that the design principles are right and, crucially, that it's affordable.

“This is a long and complex process, but we have put together a well-resourced team of internal staff and consultants to ensure we are able to drive this forward effectively.”  

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Dermot Byrne
1 Posted 13/08/2018 at 17:32:08
Right D. Be cautious.

Someone appointed.

Seems another step?

Negative side?


Bloody happy clapper!

Dennis Stevens
2 Posted 13/08/2018 at 17:34:10
What are the odds 60k is not deemed to be affordable?
Gerry Quinn
3 Posted 13/08/2018 at 17:35:08
Good to see that they are all singing the same Chong
Mike Gaynes
4 Posted 13/08/2018 at 17:44:33
Man Utd and Wigan castoff? Last performed at Goodison in 1994? No thanks. Clearly past it. Need younger talent with pace.
Lawrence Green
5 Posted 13/08/2018 at 17:46:52
Mike (#4)

He's been at Goodison since 2016 and hasn't made an impression yet... what is the club thinking about?

Marcus Taylor
6 Posted 13/08/2018 at 17:47:17
Let's hope Cheech isn't involved otherwise the plans might go 'up in smoke'.
Mike Gaynes
7 Posted 13/08/2018 at 17:50:13
Marcus #6, good 'un. Nobody younger than 40 will understand that cultural reference, but I love it.
Brent Stephens
8 Posted 13/08/2018 at 17:57:01
Just released on the EFC website but I'm not sure which is our new guy:
Dermot Byrne
9 Posted 13/08/2018 at 18:00:58
Shit, knew my positive reaction was premature despite my detailed knowledge of building stadia.

Gerry .v funny!

Dermot Byrne
10 Posted 13/08/2018 at 18:02:15
Equally funny Brent !
Andrew Clare
11 Posted 13/08/2018 at 18:10:55
It's got to be over 60k capacity. If it isn't then I will know that those responsible have no idea how big this club is.

Just watch what happens when Marco builds a proper team. Demand will skyrocket. Crikey, we have had a sold-out stadium watching a poor team for the last x amount of years.

Brian Wilkinson
12 Posted 13/08/2018 at 18:17:21
Not much chance of over 60k looking at the blueprint and diameter of the land purched, unless we dig down, cannot see that happening as we already have to fill in.

Any other fellow Blues know the maximum capacity that would Be doable given the size of the land on Bramley Moore dock.

Harry Hockley
13 Posted 13/08/2018 at 18:31:51
All you lot seem to do is moan and moan, but embarrassing as a lifelong fan when I read all the moany fuckers comments.

It baffles me sometimes how some put 2&2 together and come up with 5, I don't know what yous expect the stadium to be like a wardrobe and put together in a day?

Peter Anthony
14 Posted 13/08/2018 at 18:43:45
I was wondering about the construction materials. I wanted Bricked, but if it is he of Cheech and Chong infamy (sic) then I guess it is sure to be Stoned. 😂

Humour aside, this is an absolutely monumental opportunity. Everything crossed we get the funding in place and deliver a fitting stadium to put us properly back on top, as we once were and can be again.

Arise, Blue Tide, wash away the plastic red smears the have too long now been above us on and off the pitch. Fight, fight, fight with all our might to make this dream a reality.

I don't know what is possible, but I know whatever the capacity it won't be big enough to house the latent demand for an Everton side that really makes us proud again. Good luck to all. 🤞

Brent Stephens
15 Posted 13/08/2018 at 18:46:53
Harry "I don't know what yous expect the stadium to be like a wardrobe and put together in a day?"

That wouldn't be an IKEA wardrobe, then.

And I'm not a moany fecker, though I did name my dog Mudgeon.

John Pierce
16 Posted 13/08/2018 at 18:47:09
Sounds like a lot of film-flam for "We've hired a hod carrier".
Colin Glassar
17 Posted 13/08/2018 at 18:56:58
Until I see the last coats of paint going on I refuse to believe anything stadium related. Sorry, but I refuse to get my hopes up over this.

Loved Cheech and Chong btw.

David Pearl
18 Posted 13/08/2018 at 19:01:05
Can you imagine trying to put together an Ikea football stadium.
Harry Hockley
20 Posted 13/08/2018 at 19:03:25
Brent, you get my drift then lol.
Dermot Byrne
21 Posted 13/08/2018 at 19:09:15
So quick stadium and then Swedish meatballs.
Harry Hockley
22 Posted 13/08/2018 at 19:12:34
IKEA Park has a nice ring to it.
Peter Morris
23 Posted 13/08/2018 at 19:22:44
It won’t be this guy’s decision where the capacity lands. He’s an engineer who will work to a client brief. The capacity call will sit squarely with the board and ultimately Moshiri.
Mike Gaynes
24 Posted 13/08/2018 at 19:54:24
Ikea very much how this turns out.
Mike Gaynes
25 Posted 13/08/2018 at 19:59:16
Dermot #21, we've had too many Swedish meatballs in this club already.

Blomqvist and Linderoth spring to mind.

Harry Hockley
26 Posted 13/08/2018 at 20:09:10
Alexandersson being the pick of the bunch
Darren Murphy
27 Posted 13/08/2018 at 20:15:36
Exactly Gerry.
Harry Hockley
28 Posted 13/08/2018 at 20:17:01
Ikea, we all care.
Darren Murphy
29 Posted 13/08/2018 at 20:29:30
* Exactly Marcus that meant, he's currently done the end of "Lodge 49" series hahaa
Harry Hockley
30 Posted 13/08/2018 at 20:35:51
So nobody younger than 40 has heard of Cheech and Chong? Wrong, I have and so have a lot of my friends, I've watched Up In Smoke many times and laughed every time.
Dermot Byrne
31 Posted 13/08/2018 at 20:41:05
Lol, Mike (#25). They weren't particularly digestible!
Jack Convery
32 Posted 13/08/2018 at 20:56:31
Can Ikea Knightly open the new stadium.
Niall McIlhone
33 Posted 13/08/2018 at 21:39:59
Cheech in character as delivery guy :

" Hey lady, did you order a pepperoni pizza?"
Customer: " yeah"
Cheech: " Well, here's the pizza and zzzzzzzzzt! [trouser zip] here's the pepperoni."

Just about as un-PC as it gets but I still giggle when anyone makes mention of pepperoni pizza.

James Flynn
34 Posted 13/08/2018 at 21:57:34
"All-a-you Wops, offa the lawn"
Matt Traynor
35 Posted 14/08/2018 at 02:34:10
Mike, Harry, the original Swedish meatball was Stefan Rehn. Moved around the pitch like he was at a 70s disco night. Was convinced years later when we signed Mike Milligan it was actually Rehn. Looked and played identical.
Kev Jones
36 Posted 14/08/2018 at 07:43:20
Brand new stadium, same old sexist and racist tripe at 33# 34# 35#.

Editors, whats the policy on publishing posts which in ‘having a laugh’ casually denigrate women and other nationalities?

Paul Birmingham
37 Posted 14/08/2018 at 10:17:06
I’m being realistic and cautious. I see this announcement as a holding statement.

It’s gone dormant and I’m not buying into this scheme until the drainage plan, fill in plan and the digs start.

If the winds from Uzbekistan bring some further good fortune in the next 12 months, then I may be more optimistic.

There’s hope as ever but we need concrete hope that this will happen.

No one knows what the stage of the plans are at and I expect all employees are unde NDA, but as it stands, it’s a blue print that still requires the full under written cost plan.

Brexit etc will be a consideration amongst other matters.

Cautious optimism, at this stage.

Colin Grierson
38 Posted 14/08/2018 at 11:17:45
kev #36

I don't believe that the posts you refer to are doing anything than repeat lines from Cheech and Chong movies.
Whether you appreciate the humour involved or not, I don't think it's fair to brand people as racist or sexist for such posts. Be careful when dismounting from your moral high horse.

Justin Doone
39 Posted 14/08/2018 at 11:47:30
5 is the magic number.
5 years to complete, 55,555 max capacity, £55m increase in forecast only over done 5 months ago.
Everton want guarantees before Brexit. No EU company will be foolish enough to gautantee it and even international organisations are holding off.

Ah well, we have some excitement on the pitch so all good.

Paul Birmingham
40 Posted 14/08/2018 at 21:22:06
Plenty of interest and makes great reading. Hopefully the powers of control at GP and the Liver Building, feel the intensity of the supporters.

For many it’s been a life time of no success and for those of an age, myself included, a life time as good as 30-25 years, without success in the most barren stretch in th3 clubs history.

Hopefully time and fate will combine to deliverance for EFC, and the perpetual suffering born from the lack of success.

Priority now is Soton, but hopefully the club will announce further updates on BMD.

I still reckon the PM announcement was just a holding statement.

I’d like to be a fly on the wall now, and be shown the logistics planning for BMD, and the whole of the north docks.

Hopefully this saga will see a EFC, emerge from the dark times.

Steavey Buckley
41 Posted 15/08/2018 at 02:03:13
I don't know why a stadium has to take 5 years to complete. Most of the stadium will be prefabricated built in factories then constructed on site.
Mike Gaynes
42 Posted 15/08/2018 at 02:32:58
Colin #38, Kev is absolutely right.

I hereby apologize to all Swedish people here for the meatball jokes.

I also hereby apologize to all the meatballs here for the meatball jokes.

Henry Lloyd
43 Posted 15/08/2018 at 04:47:22
I am loving this thread. I've been laughing my nuts off with the Meatball jokes, fucking brilliant! Some of you lot are very funny indeed.
Henry Lloyd
44 Posted 15/08/2018 at 04:49:14
Mike Gaynes, you should consider a career in Stand Up, mate!!!
Dermot Byrne
45 Posted 15/08/2018 at 05:54:32
Disgraceful, Mike G!

Les Green
46 Posted 15/08/2018 at 13:55:03
A self-build stadium from IKEA would probably come with a flat-pack-four.
Derek Knox
47 Posted 15/08/2018 at 14:29:31
First we had Chang, as shirt sponsors.

Now we have Chong, as Stadium Co-ordinator.

If we get Usmanov onboard, it will be ker-Ching!

Harry Hockley
49 Posted 15/08/2018 at 16:59:16
Henry (#44), You can't Cheech an old dog new tricks.
Dave Lynch
50 Posted 15/08/2018 at 17:36:41
First excuse will be...

"The instructions where in Taiwanese. It'll take 5 years to translate them."

I'm loving Norway but Christ it's expensive and Bergen truly is full of kopites.

John Otway
51 Posted 15/08/2018 at 17:45:43
What is this confusion between "where" and "were"? It's up there with "could of", "should of" and "would of".
Ray Roche
54 Posted 15/08/2018 at 18:05:18
Dave, I was in Bergen a few years back, doing the tourist thing involving a big boat. The cost of everything is a bit silly. At the time I was with my current squeeze and we wandered around the fish market looking at some pretty weird aquatic creatures.I mean, Friday night Grafton weird. She spotted a cafe/restaurant.

" Oh look! Fish and chips! Oh, go on, let's have some" said Lady SaGa, oblivious to the Brits Abroad placard being waived at her by a grinning Koppite... So, we had 9 chips, two pieces of calamari, two minute pieces of salmon and two shrimps, all in batter, for the very reasonable price of £23.88p.

And then she says, "Oh, I don't like shrimps or calamari" .... GRRRRRR and 200 yards away was our cruise liner with all the food we could eat freely available.

But, yes, bloody Koppites everywhere.

Kev Jones
55 Posted 16/08/2018 at 07:00:04
I do apologise to all tripe lovers for stereotyping tripe in referring to the racist and sexist tripe posted by those who merely referred to Cheech and Chong’s racist and sexist humour. Some people on here really know their onions.
Dave Lynch
56 Posted 16/08/2018 at 08:02:34
I'm on the big boat Ray.
Did the fish market and it is a sight to behold.
I settled for a reindeer hotdog which cost me a tenner.
Ray Roche
57 Posted 16/08/2018 at 08:03:32
Dave, a bargain!

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